What happens to the Bullet Club?
In the aftermath of New Japan’s New Beginning of Sapporo, we have begun to see the cracks within the Bullet Club. Cody attacked Kenny Omega after his match with Jay White, showing his true intentions to become the true leader of the Bullet Club. What does that mean for the Bullet Club, and the Elite, in 2018?
Ever since AJ Styles left New Japan two years ago, Kenny Omega has been the de facto leader of the Bullet Club, even forming a sub group within with Matt and Nick Jackson of the Young Bucks called The Elite. Omega has been on a chart rising run, becoming one of the best wrestlers in the world. Through the past two years, a few Bullet Club members have questioned Kenny's leadership; Tama Tonga is the normal hot head within the group who feels he is better than everyone & Adam Cole felt that he should be the leader due to his dominance in ROH. Once Cody Rhodes entered into the picture, it all changed.
Cody’s personality is demanding, brash & controlling, the perfect combination of a heel leader. Cody has become an indie star, trying to become the center of attention of every promotion he joins. Once Cody started to embrace his lieutenant role in the Bullet Club, it seemed that he wanted more. From interrupting Omega’s matches, challenging Okada for his championship and his fascination with Kota Ibushi, Cody’s obsession with becoming leader of the Bullet Club was heading towards a dark path. At New Beginning of Sapporo, the inevitable happened, Cody snapped.
After losing his title to Jay White, Hangman Page comes down and interferes with White’s celebration to issue a challenge for the U.S. Championship, but Kenny pulls the belt from him and gives it to White, as a sign of respect to him. Cody comes out enraged because he feels that Kenny took a moment away from Hangman Page. Kenny and Cody shove each other and Omega ends up pushing Matt Jackson to the floor, creating even more tension. At this point Kenny apologizes for his actions and heads out the ring with Cody, but then Cody grabs Omega and gives him the Cross Rhodes. Hangman Page grabs Kenny as Cody is ready to lash Kenny with a chair before KOTA IBUSHI makes the save. Cody rushes out as Kenny and Kota stand in the ring and embraced, reuniting the Golden Lovers.
So what happens to the Elite? Does everyone in the Bullet Club choose a side? In the recent Being The Elite episode, Cody explains his actions on why he attacked Kenny and why he should become the leader that Kenny was supposed to be. The most pivotal part of the episode was the ending as Kenny & Kota meet up with the Young Bucks, alluding that the Young Bucks will be siding with Kenny.
Due to matchups and how each member was presented throughout 2017, Kenny & The Young Bucks will likely end up on the opposite end of Cody, Hangman Page & Marty Scrull. Bullet Club members Bad Luck Fale, The Guerrillas of Destiny, Chase Owens and Takahashi were nowhere to be found during this revelation, so the public wonders how do they fit into the picture.
Cody vs. Kenny can become a main event at any promotion, from ROH, NJPW to their upcoming event “All In”. Realistically, they can drag this to Dominion or they can face each other in the G1 Tournament. While The Elite are fine kayfabe wise, this creates a much-needed change within the story of the Bullet Club. All eyes will be on the Bullet Club, not just for their wrestling style but their unique storyline. Did this attack plant seeds for Kenny Omega’s rumored decision to go to the WWE in 2019? Only time will tell.